Research Assistant, Center on the United States and Europe

The Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 01

Position description

Equal-Opportunity Employer: It is Brookings policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all of its employees and applicants without regard to their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, citizenship status, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination as required by law.

The Research Assistant works under the supervision of the Director and the Associate Director of the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) to provide comprehensive research support, as well as administrative support and coordination, for the day-to-day operation of the Center and for certain CUSE events. Research topics include U.S.-European relations, European foreign and security policy, U.S. alliances and grand strategy, and other international affairs topics. In addition to this research support, the Research Assistant also serves as point of contact for travel and media-appearance scheduling for certain scholars and works as a team member to provide general programmatic support across the Center.


Research Support (50%)

  • Supports the CUSE Director as well as other CUSE scholars, as assigned, in all aspects of policy research, including support in the drafting of books, papers, opinion pieces, and blog posts, presentations, and speeches.
  • Collects data from various sources including libraries, government documents, and personal contacts; reads sources for relevance to research themes; assembles data, documents, and reports.
  • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; fact-checks, edits, and proofreads publications.
  • Compiles bibliographies and chronologies; writes briefing memos; prepares notes on meetings and conferences; creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases.
  • Reviews, proof reads, and edits CUSE publications, transcripts, and other event documents as directed by the Associate Director of CUSE and, on occasion, for other staff, by request.
  • Works with Communications staff to update the Project's page on the Brookings website and social media accounts; posts CUSE content and event information to the website.
  • Coordinates with CUSE and Communications staff to ensure publications are distributed to relevant and interested parties in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Maintains and expands databases on relevant subject matter, statistics, and forecasts as necessary.

Event Coordination (25%)

  • Assists CUSE Director, Associate Director, and Fellows in planning and scheduling conferences (including major CUSE events in Washington, D.C., and abroad), roundtables, briefings, meetings, associated travel, and other events.
  • Manages implementation of relevant CUSE events; coordinates among Director of CUSE, Associate Director of CUSE, Senior Fellows, Foreign Policy (FP) Communications staff, Central Communications, and Conference Services to facilitate logistical arrangements for events and conferences. Coordinates development of invitations, announcements, and guest lists; liaises with event speakers and their staffs; reserves meeting spaces; arranges for catering; procures audio-visual equipment and necessary event services.
  • Proactively monitors event-day implementation of plans and resolves problems.
  • Tracks costs and retains receipts for conferences, meetings, roundtables, and events.
  • Maintains calendar and record of events and activities, and conveys to relevant FP staff.
  • Coordinates the maintenance and updating of mailing and invitation lists for CUSE publications and events, as well as other contacts databases of officials, experts, journalists and regional actors relevant to transatlantic affairs, Europe, and the broader region.
  • Keeps detailed and accurate records of event participants and materials.
  • Maintains CUSE contact database, including updating and expanding information on all contacts.

General Programmatic and Administrative Support (25%)

  • Provides administrative support and coordination to CUSE Director and Fellows as needed; assists with scheduling, managing contact lists, handling correspondence and other administrative duties as requested.
  • Works closely with CUSE and Brookings Institution staff to ensure Center's activities are carried out in accordance with guidelines and processes of the Foreign Policy program and the Institution.
  • Updates and compiles information for CUSE staff meeting agendas.
  • Assists Associate Director of CUSE in preparing financial reports, coding expenses and invoices, tracking payment requests, and completing timesheets.
  • Meets regularly with the Center staff to coordinate networking activities, schedules, and programmatic duties.
  • Works with the Associate Director to orient new CUSE staff and handles exit procedures.
  • Provides guidance to interns on administrative tasks.
  • Handles staff travel reimbursement requests and reimbursements from conference and event participants.
  • Conducts other relevant work and participates in CUSE activities as needed.


Education/Experience Requirements:

A bachelor's degree is required (degree in international relations or political science, preferred). Minimum two years of relevant work experience (including strong experience in event coordination and planning, and office management) is required. European work or study experience is preferred.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Research: Must possess knowledge of European and U.S.-Europe policy issues and be able to conduct directed, professional foreign policy research using primary and secondary sources. Must be able to conduct literature reviews and compile, organize, and proofread bibliographies and chronologies. 

Writing: Strong writing skills are required. Must be able to summarize Brookings public events for publication on Brookings website; able to co-author blog posts with a scholar; and able to draft literature reviews, event invitations, and short publications or sections in longer papers with supervision from a scholar. 

Organizational skills: Must possess excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail; be able to fact check and copy edit publications; and be able to multi-task and complete tasks in a timely manner. 

Communication skills: Must possess excellent communications skills, with ability to interact with all levels of internal and external stakeholders required. Fluency in Turkish preferred. 

Interpersonal skills: Must possess the poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere. 

Technical skills: Must be able to effectively use the Internet; and should possess advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Office 365. 

Must be legally authorized to work for any employer in the United States.

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